Biden EPA announces oil & gas methane public input process

May 14, 2021
Earlier today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a public engagement process to gather input on new safeguards to reduce methane pollution from oil and gas production. At the end of April, the Senate voted to repeal Trump Administration rules… More »

NMED action on oil and gas pollution must be swift & bold

May 6, 2021
Background: Last year, the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) drafted rules to reduce pollution from oil and gas operations. The rules contained exceptions for tens of thousands of low-producing wells and sites presumed to emit below a certain level–even though they could… More »

Bold action in Texas necessary for Biden to hit climate goals

May 5, 2021
Background: On Tuesday, the Texas Legislature passed HB17, a bill preempting local municipalities from acting to ban or incentivize any type of power source from utilities. This means that a municipality could not favor renewable energy sources over fossil fuels for… More »

Gov Wolf will miss mark on climate commitments unless PA halts fossil fuel expansion

May 5, 2021
Background: Today, Pennsylvania agencies released the 2021 Pennsylvania Climate Impacts Assessment. It projects a nearly 6 degree Fahrenheit temperature increase in the coming decades, and with it rising temperatures and more flooding and heat waves. The state’s 2019 Pennsylvania Climate Action… More »

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The Congressional Review Act on methane is not enough

April 28, 2021
Background: On April 28th, the US Senate passed a Congressional Review Act with bipartisan support to reinstate the Environmental Protection Agency’s Obama-era methane pollution safeguards, following the previous administration’s efforts to weaken the rules. Statement from Lauren Pagel, Earthworks Policy… More »

Sourcing Battery Metals Without New Mining

April 27, 2021 • Benjamin Hitchcock Auciello
Today, Earthworks is releasing a new report which demonstrates the potential for recycling to offset demand for newly mined metals in the EV battery supply chain. This reduction in demand is necessary to relieve the mounting pressure on mining-affected communities… More »

Exxon’s Climate Strategy: from Denial to Delay

April 23, 2021 • Josh Eisenfeld
For decades ExxonMobil has known the realities of their role in creating the climate crisis. Rather than acting on their own science, they spent a fortune trying to deny it. Today investors, foreign importers, and consumers are calling on major oil… More »

US Climate Commitments have been made, what’s next?

April 22, 2021 • Lauren Pagel
Today President Joe Biden laid out his long awaited climate target, known as Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), for the United States reentry into the Paris Agreement. The NDC announced today commits the U.S. to cut overall greenhouse gas emissions over… More »